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Starting School During COVID

As families across our region prepare for the beginning of a very unusual school year, many parents – and their children -- have questions about how to best keep themselves and their loved ones safe and healthy. Whether your child’s home school district begins the year with virtual learning in place, or is moving forward w[...]

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Helping Your Child Cope During COVID-19

While available evidence indicates that most children are not at higher risk for COVID-19, there are plenty of challenges facing parents and families during the pandemic – from concerns about how to keep children healthy, to helping them stay active and get the social interactions that are part of a healthy and fulfilling life as they grow[...]

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Helping Your Child Eat Healthy During the Pandemic

One of the challenges families are facing during this pandemic is finding ways to remain active and, just as important, eat nutritiously. Social distancing guidelines and virtual learning have created big changes in many families’ routines – from how they get physical activity each day to how parents are both eating for themselves an[...]

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Helping Your Child Get Used to Masks

Wearing masks or cloth face coverings is an important way to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect our community, but the proposition can be challenging for children – especially younger kids who may see face coverings as strange, uncomfortable or even scary. The good news is that most children can feel comfortable seeing [...]

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Bouncing and Playing in the Backyard, Safely

The school year is ending and many summer camps and childcare programs remain closed prompting families to get creative in the way they entertain their children. Home playsets, trampolines, bounce houses, and public playgrounds are popular ways to keep kids moving. As I see more and more of these popping up in backyards,[...]

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Talking to Your Children about COVID-19

It feels like the COVID-19 virus has turned our world upside down. Schools are closed, leaving teachers across our region teaching their lessons in front of a computer or smartphone instead of a classroom. Restaurants are only offering take-out or delivery. There are even digital signs on the highway telling us to stay home. As a regio[...]

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The Danger of Heatstroke

The Danger of Heatstroke The temperature inside your vehicle can rise almost 20º F in just 10 minutes. Within an hour, it can be more than 40º higher than the outside temperature. Along with the vehicle temperature rising, body temperature rises and can quickly reach dangerous levels. Little bodies heat up [...]

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